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York Surname Origin
(Origin English). The surname is derived from a city in England next in esteem to London. Verstegan derives its name from Eure-ric or Eouer-ric, of Euere, a wild boar, and ryc, a refuge; a retreat from the wild boars which were in the forest of Gautries. The Romans called the city Eboracum; it is memorable for the death of two emperors, Severus and Constantius Chlorus, and for the nativity of Constantine the Great.
Surname Variations: York, Yorke
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
York Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to York family history than the origin of your surname:
A York Family History Thought:
'In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum. An emptiness. And the most disquieting loneliness.' --Alex Haley